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Thirty million euro in additional EC aid for Pakistan flood victims
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18/08/2010 00:00:00

In response to the ever increasing scale of the humanitarian crisis, the Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, Kristalina Georgieva, announced today that the Commission will mobilise an additional 30 million euro (25.1m GBP) in urgent relief assistance.

This latest funding will bring the total humanitarian aid funds allocated by the Commission to assist the flood-affected populations to 70 million euro (58.6m GBP).

Speaking at a press conference in Brussels today, Commissioner Georgieva said: "The flood damage in Pakistan is massive and many millions of people are suffering. The additional funds will be used to boost the humanitarian aid operations carried out by the European Commission's humanitarian aid partners".

"Commission's relief experts are also active on the ground in Pakistan, working with our partners to ensure that funds are being used in the most efficient way possible to the benefit of the desperate victims of these disastrous floods," she added.

Next Monday, 23 August, Commissioner Georgieva will travel to the affected area in Pakistan and will meet with authorities and relief experts, as well as with people affected by the floods.

    Background

    Since 31 July, the European Commission has provided 40 million euro (33.5m GBP) in humanitarian aid for the flood victims in Pakistan (see IP/10/1018 and IP/10/1048). In the last twelve months, the Commission has provided a total of 111.25 million euro (93.1m GBP) in humanitarian aid for people in need in Pakistan, not including today's announced request.

    The Commission’s humanitarian aid and civil protection department (ECHO) has a support office in Islamabad. ECHO experts closely follow the developments in the humanitarian situation and monitor the use of the Commission's relief funds.

    The Commission-funded humanitarian projects are implemented by non-governmental relief organisations, specialised UN agencies and the Red Crescent movement. Activities covered include health, food, water and sanitation, (emergency) shelter and non-food items (blankets, plastic sheets, hygiene sets, kitchen sets, etc.).

    Relief partner organisations which have received funds or are in the process of receiving imminent support include Acted, ActionAid, Concern, Cordaid, Danish Church Aid, Hope87, International Catholic Migration Commission (ICMC), International Organisation for Migration (IOM), International Rescue Committee (IRC), Merlin, Oxfam and Save the Children.

    EU Civil Protection action

    The EU Civil Protection Mechanism was activated on 6 August. The Monitoring and Information Centre (MIC) within ECHO is in touch with the 31 countries participating in the Mechanism, of whom several are providing in-kind assistance to Pakistan (eg water purification units, emergency health kits, tents, electric generators). A MIC liaison officer is in the ECHO office in Islamabad to facilitate the coordination of EU civil protection assistance and to liaise with the UN system.

    The commissioner's press conference can be viewed at: http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/ebs/schedule.cfm

    For further information: http://ec.europa.eu/echo/index_en.htm  

     

    For more information, please contact the London press office on 020 7973 1971.

    Please note: all amounts expressed in sterling are for information purposes only.

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